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  • February 22, 2011
  • 05:06 AM

Purists and players

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

Is four too much for you? Last week I presented a few career-style typologies that came in sets of four, but it’s entirely possible that remembering four types might be too much for you — it often is for me. So, how about just two types: Players and Purists. These two archetypes represent extreme approaches [...]... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’: political violence and counter-insurgency in Egypt

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Journal of Peace Research This article examines the violent political conflict in Egypt that paved the way for the recent anti-government protests forcing the resignation of the country’s president. It investigates the cycle of violence between the politically motivated attacks by Islamists and the counter-insurgency measures used by the Egyptian government. It considers the [...]... Read more »

  • February 21, 2011
  • 07:59 PM

Sex, Science, and Social Policy

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

When it comes to the politicization of scientific topics and science denialism, everyone knows about the forces opposing our understanding evolution and global warming. Would it surprise you to see similar tactics on display when the subject is sex?In the well-known cases, political actors band together with researchers who continually produce results favoring the politicos pet topics. It's not that hard to produce the desired results, even when the mass of evidence doesn't support your side. I........ Read more »

McCleary, R. (2008) Rural Hotspots: The Case of Adult Businesses. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(2), 153-163. DOI: 10.1177/0887403408315111  

  • February 21, 2011
  • 10:16 AM

Pay Close Attention to the Big Mouths in Voir Dire

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - So your case is in, your jury is ready to start deliberating, and you feel pretty confident that at least the majority of your jurors favor your side of the case. Should you feel safe? Of course not, because the verdict isn't in the hands of the majority as much as it is in the mouths of those with the loudest and most persistent voices. When conducting mock trials, we see it over and over again: The individual verdict preferences we measured before the start of delibera........ Read more »

  • February 21, 2011
  • 09:19 AM

Are Overly-Sexual Men Really Depressed?

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

A commentary by Ogrodniczuk and Oliffe (2011) on the disputed topic of men and depression. Do men really mask their blues behind a curtain of violence and if so, what does this say about the credibility of depression as a stand-alone disease state? Gender role socialisation always seems like such a good friend when meandering through such contentious matters, until you think beyond the obvious to wonder, hang on, how can it be that when men get depressed they invariably turn to the biff?... Read more »

Ogrodniczuk, J., & Oliffe, J. (2011) Men and Depression. Canadian Family Physician, 57(2), 153-155. info:/

  • February 21, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Wearing your religion on your face

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve talked before about mock jurors believing they can ‘see’ who is lying, using drugs, or other negative behaviors litigants (or anyone else!) would want to keep private. Now we have new evidence that some of those jurors may have good radar—at least when it comes to being able to identify certain religious group members! [...]

Related posts:Does ‘death qualification’ systematically bias our juries?
In the face of the unexpected: Be cool
“Reactions vary along traditional p........ Read more »

  • February 21, 2011
  • 12:51 AM

Tag-teaming research blogging: Me and Sci do it up, PMDD-style

by Kate Clancy in Context & Variation

When I was in college, my favorite hangout was the basement of the Harvard Book Store, where they had the used books and cheap remainders (they were also across the street from my freshman dorm, Wigglesworth, and yes, that is a most excellent name). I worked my way through several sci-fi and fantasy series, and got nearly all my Women’s Studies books, because of that one lovely room.One night in my freshman year I was browsing the philosophy section with a new boyfriend, a person with whom I o........ Read more »

Concas A, Mostallino MC, Porcu P, Follesa P, Barbaccia ML, Trabucchi M, Purdy RH, Grisenti P, & Biggio G. (1998) Role of brain allopregnanolone in the plasticity of gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor in rat brain during pregnancy and after delivery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95(22), 13284-9. PMID: 9789080  

Rapkin AJ, Berman SM, Mandelkern MA, Silverman DH, Morgan M, & London ED. (2011) Neuroimaging evidence of cerebellar involvement in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Biological psychiatry, 69(4), 374-80. PMID: 21092938  

  • February 20, 2011
  • 06:01 PM

Supply Chain Turbulence

by Jan Husdal in

The norm in supply chain management is that variability is detrimental to performance as it causes cost in the form of stock-outs, poor capacity utilisation, and costly buffers. This paper questions this approach and argues that in the light of increasing turbulence a different approach to supply chain management is needed. [ ... ]... Read more »

Christopher, M., & Holweg, M. (2011) “Supply Chain 2.0”: managing supply chains in the era of turbulence. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 41(1), 63-82. DOI: 10.1108/09600031111101439  

  • February 19, 2011
  • 02:06 PM

The Web of Morgellons

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A fascinating new paper: Morgellons Disease, or Antipsychotic-Responsive Delusional Parasitosis, in an HIV Patient: Beliefs in The Age of the Internet“Mr. A” was a 43-year-old man...His most pressing medical complaint was worrisome fatigue. He was not depressed...had no formal psychiatric history, no family psychiatric history, and he was a successful businessman.He was referred to the psychiatry department by his primary-care physician (PCP) because of a 2-year-long complaint of pruritus [i........ Read more »

  • February 19, 2011
  • 08:17 AM

Mindful Parenting: How To Stop Reacting To Your Child

by Brandon in Notes on Parenting

Mindful parenting can be defined as when "parents intentionally bring moment-to-moment awareness to the parent-child relationship" or "acting with awareness." There are certain qualities and skills that must be developed in order to accomplish this, but it is worth it. Mindfulness in general has been associated with:
More positive emotion
Less anxiety and depression
Greater relationship satisfaction
Less relationship stress
Brain activity associated with greater emotion regulation.
There are ........ Read more »

  • February 18, 2011
  • 01:18 PM

Do people follow trains, or do trains follow people? London’s Underground solves a riddle

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Transit oriented development is all the rage in urban planning these days. Proponents claim new transit coupled with mixed-use zoning will ignite growth in otherwise struggling areas. Detractors claim running new lines to low-density neighborhoods will leave cities burdened with white elephants. Overall, reality is probably somewhere in between, but transit and population density is [...]... Read more »

  • February 17, 2011
  • 04:08 PM

Long-term English language learners

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

When I first started teaching in Australia, I had a Korean-Australian student in one of my undergraduate classes who sounded like most of the other students in my class, like a native speaker of Australian-English. The daughter of Korean immigrants, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 16, 2011
  • 07:55 PM

Do Doctors Really Have Bad Handwriting?

by Maria P. in noustuff

Trying to kill time and not my neighbour who enjoys listening to loud music after midnight, I found myself wondering why do most GPs have bad handwriting! Or is it a myth? Naturally, Google came up with some very interesting results including some actual studies! It seems like there are peer reviewed papers on almost [...]... Read more »

Sokol DK, & Hettige S. (2006) Poor handwriting remains a significant problem in medicine. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99(12), 645-6. PMID: 17139073  

Rodriguez-Vera, F., Marin, Y., Sanchez, A., Borrachero, C., & Pujol, E. (2002) Illegible handwriting in medical records. JRSM, 95(11), 545-546. DOI: 10.1258/jrsm.95.11.545  

Berwick DM, & Winickoff DE. (1996) The truth about doctors' handwriting: a prospective study. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 313(7072), 1657-8. PMID: 8991021  

  • February 16, 2011
  • 06:56 PM

When Crossing or Responding to Your Opposing Expert Witness, Look for the L.I.E. (Large Internal Error)

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - When the case comes down to 'expert versus expert,' one important question is, what makes jurors believe one expert witness over another? Applying the rational model of law, we would like to think that jurors would evaluate the credentials, the methodology, and the strength of the conclusions offered, and compare the competing experts based upon the appropriate standards of the field. That would be rational, but alas, not really typical in the courtroom. Instead, jurors ........ Read more »

  • February 16, 2011
  • 02:42 PM

Can we feed the world and save its forests?

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Nine billion is the number that will define the 21st century. That’s the number of people expected to live on this planet by 2045. But 9 billion mouths are a lot to feed, and each of them will hopefully have more than enough to eat. Achieving both goals—feeding 9 billion and feeding them properly—will be a [...]... Read more »

  • February 16, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Advocating health programs through social media

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Advocacy 2.0: Advocating in the Digital Age From Health Promotion Practice To improve health, we must continue to engage in advocacy for people, programs, policies, and the profession.  Economic difficulties and competitive interests leave health education programs in a vulnerable position. More and more, professional organizations embrace advocacy as a significant component within their organizations. [...]... Read more »

Galer-Unti, R. (2010) Advocacy 2.0: Advocating in the Digital Age. Health Promotion Practice, 11(6), 784-787. DOI: 10.1177/1524839910386952  

  • February 16, 2011
  • 01:29 AM

Sustainability and the triple bottom line

by Jan Husdal in

Sustainability has become a huge buzzword, both in today's business world and within the broader facets of society. Sustainability has evolved from a perspective and investigation of standalone research in social and environmental areas, through a corporate social responsibility perspective, and towards a convergence of perspectives of sustainability as the triple bottom line. [ ... ]... Read more »

Carter, C., & Easton, P. (2011) Sustainable supply chain management: evolution and future directions. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 41(1), 46-62. DOI: 10.1108/09600031111101420  

  • February 15, 2011
  • 10:24 PM


by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription


Snowflakes by jonfwilkins
For sketches of the 80 different snowflake types, see the referenced paper, which presents them taxonomically, or check out the key figures here and here.

Magono, C., & Lee, C. W. (1966). Meteorological Classification of Natural Snow Crystals Journal of the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan, Ser. VII, 2 (4), 321-335

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Magono, C., & Lee, C. W. (1966) Meteorological Classification of Natural Snow Crystals. Journal of the Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan, Ser. VII, 2(4), 321-335. info:other/

  • February 15, 2011
  • 09:23 AM

Why You Can't Cure a Plague of Olbermanns With An Infusion of O'Reillys

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

Do left-leaning social sciences need an influx of conservatives to open their collective minds? So argues Jon Haidt, but I wonder. As I read this study in this month's Journal of Risk Research, adding another ideology to social psychology would more likely lead to a lot of pointless yelling and a ...Read More
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Kahan, D., Jenkins-Smith, H., & Braman, D. (2011) Cultural cognition of scientific consensus. Journal of Risk Research, 14(2), 147-174. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2010.511246  

  • February 15, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

New Labour’s youth justice legacy

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The sleep of (criminological) reason: Knowledge—policy rupture and New Labour’s youth justice legacy From Criminology and Criminal Justice   This article looks at how the UK youth justice system has experienced many reforms under the 3 terms of New Labour. There is an understanding that the treatment of children— particularly those in conflict with the [...]... Read more »

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